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upjeeper 10-05-2011 07:33 AM

interchangeability of parts for a PT1911?
I've heard a rumor that while the Taurus 1911 is a great piece of equipment, Taurus decided to make some parts proprietary. example, you have to use Taurus magazines. Is that true?
What other pieces are not interchangable with other 1911s?

I had a springfield GI but sold it to buy an xD, thinking about a taurus now (I have a PT92 now that's great, but want another 1911)


Bullitt2075 10-05-2011 10:34 AM

I use chip mccormick 8 and 10 round power magazines in my PT1911 without a single issue. So not it's not true regarding the magazines.

There are parts in the gun that are proprietary such as the locking hammer and sights but many manufacturers make versions for the PT1911.

popplecop 10-05-2011 07:30 PM

I have Taurus PT1911s in .45, 38 Super and 9mm and use magazines from several different manufactures in each one. Have from 6-10 magazines in each caliber and the only Taurus magazines I use are the 2 issued with the pistol.

chuntaro 10-05-2011 09:22 PM

The use of the term proprietary can apply to a design specification in addition to the particular dimensions of a particular part. There is no guarantee any aftermarket parts will fit a Taurus or other 1911 on a drop in basis. Having said that, I am told Taurus collaborated with other names in the industry in preparation for manufacture of their own 1911. Magazine swaps can be problematic or present no problem whatsoever in terms of function. In terms of fit alone, any 1911 magazine should not be a problem. Getting back to function, much of that depends on various spring weights, the height and angle of the follower, the shape of a particular bullet and the oal of a loaded cartridge, etc. To say any 1911 has a problem with magazine x is neither an indictment of the pistol or brand of magazine. Other examples of the same brand of gun and magazine can give a different result.

Burgs 10-05-2011 10:31 PM

My Taurus PT-1911 .45 works with any and all mags that I've stuck in it.
I had a Wilson hammer put on it just to get rid of the lock - the trigger pull was already really good.

The sight dovetails are a propriety cut which require Heinie or Novak Taurus-specific replacements (available via Brownells) unless you want to do extra milling, but I think the replacement Taurus-specific Heinie night sights are really good, so I'm happy with that too.

From what I've read, and from what my gunsmith tells me, there doesn't seem to be other Taurus-only parts that can't be replaced by a proper gunsmith. A kitchen table bubba might not be so lucky.

hattrick 10-05-2011 11:13 PM

I put a Wilson Combat bullet proof extractor in my PT 1911 and it would not retain the dumbell plunger. I put in the spacer and did a series 80 delete and no more porblems! Also installed a WC slide stop and ejector after it broke. The SS did neet some fitting but that is normal. Chip McCormic mags work fine.

Bajablast 11-01-2011 08:47 PM

I have a PT1911ALR.

A friend did series 80 delete, and installed the spacer on mine. He also installed a Wison Combat hammer.

I am using a Hogue wraparound grip, but I had to cut a little material away for the right side of the ambi safety to move smoothly.

Wilson 47D mags work flawlessly.

Gunsmith1 03-08-2020 09:32 PM

Just plain 1911ís
Hello all, I am the New(old) guy on this forum and thanks for letting me enjoy this form. Well I'm almost 65, been shooting since I was around 7 years of age, and been working on kinds of firearms for around well over 40 years on all types of weapons. So many times I've overheard people talking about 1911's since they are a very popular firearm. I've been reading a lot of posts on this site about these pistols and quite a few of them have a lot of good info. I myself got ahold of a Taurus PT 1911, wanting to see what kind of pistol they are they made and shoot. And I'll have to say I was pretty impressed on its fit and finish and how well it shot. I did have to throat and polish the barrel in order to better fire hollow point ammo. Over the years I've had quite a few 1911's, everything From Springfields when they first came out with there 1911's to 70 & 80 series Gold Cups. I use to build them when someone bought a new gun and more money in accessories that than what the Gun cost new. And the main thing I could see is everyone should worry more about the Gun itself than the name of it. As far as I can see the Taurus is built pretty well with its hammer forged barrel and Frame. I don't really care for thier hammer with it's little built-in safety (seems kind of silly). The 1911 has plenty of safeties already on it. Plus it shoots pretty well. So that's just my 2 Cents

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